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Health Care Law News

November 19, 2020

In this issue:



   HIPAA Compliance COVID-19   

HIPAA Compliance Considerations During the Pandemic

Julie L. Hamlet and Caroline N. Renner

As health care providers continue to face new challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for providers to maintain compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).

Although the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has loosened some requirements to allow health care providers flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of the patient protections under the HIPAA Privacy Rule have remained intact...

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   Ransomware Attack   

Health Care Providers Face Growing Ransomware Risks, and Potential Sanctions for Paying Ransom

Gary J. McRay and Jean G. Schtokal

As if COVID-19 wasn’t enough of a challenge for many struggling hospitals and health care systems, there is another growing threat they must guard against: cyberattacks.

On October 28, 2020, the FBI, Department of Health and Human Services, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a report warning of "an increased and imminent cybercrime threat" to U.S. hospitals and health care providers...

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Trending Legal Issues for Year End

As Michigan inches closer to 2021, the uncertainty in the coming months can feel overwhelming. The need to stay up to date on changes to legal issues is greater than ever.

Recognizing a need for individuals and businesses alike to stay up to date on the latest legal trends in 2020, Foster Swift created a “2020 Year in Review” resource webpage.

Including year-end articles and videos on hot topics going into 2021, such as current updates to COVID Relief including PPP loan forgiveness and cybersecurity risks facing health care providers, be sure to periodically visit the page at







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